nep-neu New Economics Papers
on Neuroeconomics
Issue of 2021‒11‒22
two papers chosen by
Daniel Houser
George Mason University

  1. The intergenerational transmission of cognitive skills: an investigation of the causal impact of families on student outcomes By Hanushek, Eric A.; Jacobs, Babs; Schwerdt, Guido; van der Velden, Rolf; Vermeulen, Stan; Wiederhold, Simon
  2. The Predictive Role of Caregiver’s Language in Child Development Outcomes in Rural China By GAO, Jingjing; Wang, Xu; Wang, Tianyi; Chen, Yuting; He, Yang; Liu, Chengfang; Luo, Renfu; Rozelle, Scott

  1. By: Hanushek, Eric A.; Jacobs, Babs (ROA / Education and transition to work, RS: GSBE other - not theme-related research); Schwerdt, Guido; van der Velden, Rolf (ROA / Education and transition to work, RS: GSBE Theme Learning and Work); Vermeulen, Stan (ROA / Education and transition to work, RS: GSBE Theme Learning and Work); Wiederhold, Simon
    Abstract: The extensive literature on intergenerational mobility highlights the importance of family linkages but fails to provide credible evidence about the underlying family factors that drive the pervasive correlations. We employ a unique combination of Dutch survey and registry data that links math and language skills across generations. We identify a causal connection between cognitive skills of parents and their children by exploiting within-family between-subject variation in these skills. The data also permit novel IV estimation that isolates variation in parental cognitive skills due to school and peer quality. The between-subject and IV estimates of the key intergenerational persistence parameter are strikingly similar and close at about 0.1. Finally, we show the strong influence of family skill transmission on children’s choices of STEM fields.
    JEL: I24 J12 J24 J62
    Date: 2021–11–11
    URL: http://d.repec.org/n?u=RePEc:unm:umaror:2021007&r=
  2. By: GAO, Jingjing; Wang, Xu; Wang, Tianyi; Chen, Yuting; He, Yang; Liu, Chengfang; Luo, Renfu; Rozelle, Scott
    Keywords: Institutional and Behavioral Economics, Community/Rural/Urban Development
    Date: 2021–08
    URL: http://d.repec.org/n?u=RePEc:ags:iaae21:315874&r=

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